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Possible actions for a penalized site - Need a hand if you've got experience

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Reyone, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Reyone

    Reyone Elite Member

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    Hello,

    So a while ago, back when I had some money to spare and I had 0 SEO knowledge I decided to start a pretty bigass project. I wrote a ton of content and I put a lot of effort in a site (auth project).

    In order to rank the site, I decided to trust this guy who turned out to penalize my site after 5 months of work. This was completely my mistake for thinking he had some SEO knowledge; now that I have learnt how to properly SEO I feel so ridiculous for having paid what I paid to this guy for the shit he did.

    Anyways, past is past; its been already around 3 or 4 months ever since I received the penalty and I have been working on many other projects, but of course, the content, images and effort I put on that site are still there, and I really wanted to use it all (it is great traffic and it converts).

    Questions:

    Keeping in mind that the domain I was using is penalized, I have a few options, and of course, some questions along with them.

    1- Should I remove all of the links which were built to the page and somehow try to get rid of the penalty? (site is still pr 2 and has tiny amounts of traffic)
    1.1 - If I decide to go ahead with this, is disavow a good option to get rid of it ALL?
    2- Should I buy a new domain and transfer all of the content to it and start from 0? (I believe this could be the most sensible option)
    2.1 - Keeping in mind I do not have thousands to spare on an old/pr/auth/etc domain, should I just start straight from the bottom?


    Anyways, thanks for your time and looking forward to your replies.

     
  2. seb_ali

    seb_ali Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Firstly identify the type or nature of penalty. No one can suggest anything before knowing about the penalty nature. After proper identification, search for possible remedy for that specific penalty.

    Just incase, if you are hit by Panda, there are very slim chances that you will ever get recovered. If you are hit by penguin, disavow all links and then submit a reconsideration request via GWT. You have to wait a couple of months, but you may recover upto 50% You need to build High PR backlinks then.

    Remember that 301 will eventually pass the penalty so its not a permanent solution. I have worked on very big sites (monthly UVs in 10 million-was hit by Panda) and we still cannot reach more than 4 million even after very drastic steps like changing the whole structure of the website.

     
  3. lucasbraydon

    lucasbraydon Supreme Member

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    Could he not build more links to balance out the over optimization so his backlink profile looks more natural? Or will this not work?
     
  4. seb_ali

    seb_ali Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I don't think that will help a lot. Links issue is related to Penguin penalty and the best thing is to remove old backlinks first and then build some new with balanced "anchor". Also "Over Optimization" penalty is a different penalty and it can be simply removed by taking your onpage seo to min level and build some authority links.